Dangerous sexual offenders under supervision in the community will be monitored with new, improved technology through a multi-million dollar funding boost in the State Budget, Minister for Corrective Services Bill Byrne says.
“Funding of $5.1 million over four years and ongoing funding of $1.3 million a year has been provided to enhance the modern technology already used to electronically monitor prisoners classified under the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Act 2003,” Mr Byrne said.
“This funding will allow Queensland Corrective Services to implement a new Geographic Information System.
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“The monitoring bracelets and associated surveillance technology introduced several years ago has been very successful in keeping the community safe.
“Technology is updating and improving all the time and the funding will allow QCS to continue to keep the closest eye possible on offenders.
Queensland Corrective Services Commissioner Mark Rallings said the new GIS system was mapping software to expand GPS capability by overlaying important additional information on maps currently used in offender monitoring.
“We had a very good system before, now it will be even better,” Commissioner Rallings said.